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Molly Hougham presents her Lowline Champion steer with family members Matt Robinson, Mason Robinson, Ann Robinson, Lowline Princess Laramie Coffey, Lowline Queen Bridget Hoffman, and Judge Jim Williams.

American Legion Post 512 held its Third Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony On June, 14. The members of Post 512 properly disposed of over 225 combined U.S., Illinois, Armed Forces and POW/MIA Flags. Those Legion members in the photo are Don Williamson, Harold Harrell while Altamont Firefighter Randy Tillman plays “To The Colors” as the first flag is properly retired.

The SWAT traveling softball team from Altamont captured the Robinson Firecracker Tournament Championship. Front row: Olivia Shipman,  Josey Hyatt, Audrey Winters, Mackenzie Brewer, and Keidron Duckwitz. Back row: Coach Doug Winters, Shelby Sims,  Brooke Burns,  Kristen Hardiek, Elizabeth Biggs, Arianna Kopplin, and Coach Tina Shipman.

Fire Departments, and First Responders, Paramedics, held a demonstration of their life-saving equipment, training, and methods of rescue at the Fayette County Fairgrounds Saturday, July 19. The Brownstown and St. Elmo firefighters and first responders simulated a realistic rescue of a person (fellow firefighter) trapped in a wrecked car.

Ragan Walker shows her yearling heifer during the Open Beef show at the Fayette County Fair.


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Altamont Board Members Approve Moving Forward With Technology Print E-mail
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Written by Clyde Barr   
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:27

Altamont Board of Education members approved a five cent tax levy during their July 14 meeting.
The funds will go to leasing new computers for junior high and high school students in the district.
The district is looking to lease 475 new computers for four years.


Fayette County Fairgrounds Site of County Fire Fighters’ Demonstration Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:24


The Fayette County Fair Board issued a county-wide invitation to the Firefighters, Fire Departments, and First Responders, Paramedics, and rescue vehicles, to hold a demonstration of their lifesaving equipment, training, and methods of rescue at the fairgrounds Saturday, July 19, the final day of the fair.
Responding were the St. Elmo Fire Department and the Brownstown Fire Department.
Also answering the call and participating were the Fayette County Hospital Ambulance Service, and helicopters from the Arch Helicopter Service and the and Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter.

St. Elmo Citizen of the Year Nominations Print E-mail
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Written by Clyde Barr   
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:24

The Citizen of the Year program is sponsored by the St. Elmo Council and will be judged by an independent panel of judges from the community.
Nominations are open to anyone who has made a contribution to the City of St. Elmo, regardless of residency.
Nominations should be mailed to or dropped off at the City of St. Elmo, 411 N. Main Street, St. Elmo.

33rd Annual Mill Road Thresherman's Show Opens Friday Print E-mail
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Written by Clyde Barr   
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:25

Allis-Chalmers and Minneapolis-Moline members and tractors will be the featured guests for the 33rd anniversary of the Annual Mill Road Thresherman's Show held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds.
The event is set to kickoff on July 25, with a 9 a.m. flag raising and auction followed by threshing and baling demonstrations 3 p.m. Events run through Sunday evening, July 27.
The newly formed Triple A Tractor Club (All About Allis) has chosen the Thresherman's Show to their first event.

City Officials Approves Water Rate Increase Print E-mail
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Written by Clyde Barr   
Monday, 14 July 2014 11:51

St. Elmo City officials approved a 1.5-percent rate hike in resident water rates during their regular meeting on July 7 at the Phillips Building.
The increase will result in an approximate increase of 13-cents per hundred gallons used for the normal St. Elmo water bill, according to City Treasurer Mary Magnus.
City officials approved the rate after learning that Fayette County Water, the city's water provider, had increased their rates to the City in the amount of 1.5-percent.

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